In a study conducted by Harvard psychologists, Matthew A. Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert concisely show how a wandering mind causes unhappiness. The research analyzed more than 250,000 data points gathered from 5,000 participants via a specially designed mobile app. The results were stunning.
Scientists learned that no matter what activity people engaged in the mind tends to wander. A fascinating data point gathered from the analysis was the happiness factor, which diminishes in people whose mind wandered the most.
Mind wandering appears to hurt our emotional and mental state more than expected. On average, subjects reported mind wandering 46.9 percent of the time across 20 different general activities.
Killingsworth, a doctoral student in psychology at Harvard says, “This study shows that our mental lives are pervaded, to a remarkable degree, by the non-present.” The researchers noticed that as mind wandering increases, happiness decreases. In other words, mind-wandering became a good joy predictor.
Now take a look at this Bible verse, "My heart wavered, fearfulness frightened me; The night for which I longed, He turned into fear for me." Isaiah 21:4. The surrounding verses describe how frightened the prophet Isaiah is about a vision of war. The sentence in the fourth verse states that his heart wavered. The best translation of the meaning is that his mind wandered. The prophet goes on to explain that he experiences anxiety as his mind wanders.
Doctors agree that the more often our mind wanders, the more likely we are to experience anxiety and feel less happy. The good news is that the God teaches to control the mind. Letting the mind wander is akin to letting weeds grow in a field that should be cultivated.
Although researchers have sufficient evidence indicating that mindfulness meditation is the best solution to the wandering mind, the absolute solutions for Christian is Christian mindfulness.
Christian mindfulness trains the mind to be acutely aware in Jesus and has a way of calming frayed nerves while keeping your mind at peace and in fully tune in the present moment. Once you achieve a sense of clarity with the Prince of Peace everything else will come together.
So boost your happiness factor. Take time out each day and just sit quietly with Jesus, if a thought comes to mind simply observe it and go back to Jesus. Jesus is peace and everlasting life. As you spend time with Him in meditation and your brain will change, so will your life.
God bless you. We're praying for you. See you in the kingdom.